Aston Martin celebrates 60th anniversary

Aston Martin 60th Anniversary
Aston Martin

Iconic British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is celebrating turning 60 in style, with the release of a limited edition version of its flagship Vanquish.

Available in both coupe and 'Volante' convertible guises, just six examples of the 60th Anniversary Vanquish will ever roll out of the marque's Gaydon factory gates.

The new models share their 6.0-litre V12 engine with the regular Vanquish. Mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the 568bhp unit is powerful enough to get this svelte sports car from 0-60mph in a claimed 3.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 200mph.

Each of the six models to be created will have subtle differences to represent a different decade in Aston Martin's history. Amongst the highlights are rotary metal controls created from the pistons of iconic Aston Martin engines from the relevant period. Each model will also have a unique paint and trim colour combination.

Aston Martin Vanquish 60th Anniversary

Aston Martin Vanquish 60th Anniversary

The pistons have been sourced from a 1950s DB2/4 Mk II saloon, and representing subsequent decades are the DB5, V8 Coupe, V8 Vantage X-pack, V8 Vantage supercharged and the original Vanquish from the mid-2000s.

The work has been conducted by Aston Martin's 'Q' personalisation service, which has added other bespoke touches, including yellow accented alloy wheels and side vents and contrasting yellow stitching in the cabin.

Currently there is no word on pricing, with the models expected to be offered for sale exclusively to Aston's preferred clientele – though this has not been confirmed. At any rate, expect a significant premium to be added to the list price of the standard Vanquish Coupe and Volante, which start at £192,995 and £204,995 respectively.